|The statue of St. Louis Icon, Stan Musial - MMSikes|
Although in declining health, Musial was always present for special events including the season openers, playoff games, World Series, 2009 All Star Game and more. At the season openers, we often saw his grandson drive him around the stadium warning track in a red golf cart. He was "The Man" in St. Louis. His statue stood at the main entrance of the old Busch Stadium and was later moved to the new stadium when it opened in 2006 and now stands at the main entrance there.
Musial was an ambassador for baseball, a gifted player who long stood in the shadows of the more heralded greats, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. He was just as good--maybe better--but the other two players were in New York and Boston where center stage lights shown brighter.
America needs icons. America needs legends. Ones that the children can look to as their special heroes.
Number six is retired forever. A hero is gone. Cardinals Nation is saddened.
--Mary Montague Sikes